I've been toying with the idea of buying a belt and was just hoping for a little advice.
So, here is the situation. I've been lifting (like a girl) for a few years but recently have become interested in powerlifting. I'm not strong at all but I would like to compete. (I started focusing more on squat, dl, bench this summer and pulled 175 for a dl PR this past week...just to give you an idea of how new and not strong I am)
When is it a good idea to use a belt? I've gone through a couple threads about belts, haven't really found a good answer. I know that you should only use them on heavy sets, but is it wise/necessary to use as a beginner? I'm thinking that it might be smarter to learn how to use it properly as a beginner rather than trying to adjust later. But then again I'm probably completely over thinking this and it probably doesn't make a huge difference either way.